When news broke earlier today that UFC Heavyweight Alistair Overeem failed a random drug test administered by the NSAC, there was a swell of mixed emotions from the fans and media. The usual suspects were quick to harp on how they "knew" that Overeem was going to get caught eventually. Others were in shock that one of the UFC's banner main events for the year 2012 was potentially crumbling into pieces right before their eyes. Nothing is final yet, and there are a lot of "maybes" hanging in the air.
Maybe Overeem's "B" sample will come up clean.
Maybe the fight will be called off.
Maybe Frank Mir will step in.
Maybe Dana White will fire Alistair Overeem on the spot for putting the main event in jeopardy.
As of right now, everything is simply speculation, with the only facts being that Alistair Overeem turned up a test with a 10:1 T/E ratio, where 6:1 is considered NSAC's legal limit. The UFC 146 main event against UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos is indeed in danger, but simply put, no one knows until there is a verdict from NSAC on this matter.
What is interesting to note is that kickboxing fans are already looking to the future. If Alistair Overeem would be let go from the UFC, since his ties with Golden Glory have been more than severed, the only logical place for him to go would be K-1. With K-1 under new management and looking to make a big splash on European and American markets, a fighter like Overeem who is already the most recent K-1 World Grand Prix Champion who has also risen to be a top contender within the UFC, would be huge for them. The "stigma" of PED abuse with U.S. fans does not seem to stick for fighters, as the UFC houses multiple offenders, with some like Chael Sonnen even receiving title fights.
Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.
His second novel, Terminus Cycle, is available now via Kindle and Paperback.
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